Katie M. Westmoreland

Process
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach on cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
Oak Echo No. 1
2016
bleach on cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 6 x 18 feet

I paint the light and shadows that move through a place, in collaboration with the natural environment in time. I seek moments where the environment is dynamically transformed by light and then embody the feeling through materials and marks. I paint on semi-translucent, tinted fabric in colors chosen to match the atmospheric light of the place. The fabric, treated like a curtain, is both a veil and a surface – both sides are painted. I use photographic materials, such as cyanotype solution and liquid emulsion, so the artwork is responsive to the surrounding light. The painted image is influenced by the clouds in the sky that may momentarily obscure the sun, the rotation of the Earth that causes the shadows to shift and stretch, the breeze moving the leaves and the fabric, and the pace at which I see and trace each light or shadow shape.

Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

This painting inspired the public works I made in 2017. I photographed the painting in my studio, made a drawing of the photograph, scanned the drawing and digitally manipulated the pattern to create a series of designs.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach on cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
Oak Echo No. 2
2016
bleach on cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 4.5 x 15 feet

Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

I cut and hand-sewed this and a few similar paintings into flowing "Painting Dresses" to extend the fluidity of the fabric and the dappled light pattern to garments around moving bodies. The 15 garments in the series are all in private collections, and I look forward to creating more in the future. Please contact me via email if you would like to be notified when "Painting Dresses" are available again.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
Canopy Pond, Ghost Flower
2017
cotton fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 3 x 7 feet

Painted off a hiking trail near Wanakena, New York

During my residency at Otto's Abode, I hiked down a section of a trail that was closed off by a beaver pond. Right before the pond, the trail widened out between dozens of Ghost Flowers growing under many different types of trees. (Monotropa Uniflora - The Ghost Flower does not contain chlorophyll. Energy is taken by the roots from photosynthetic trees and decaying material on the dark forest floor. The plant turns pink as it matures and black when severed from roots.) I chose this location to suspend an elongated and skewed, pentagon-shaped, fabric panel. I was captivated by the plants and the light and felt like this painting had to be made here. When I paint in the middle of complex and mysterious ecosystems, I stand on features like barren rocks or previously trampled ground so that the consequences of my presence are minimized. Thankfully there were lots of rocks on the trail. This photograph was made just before I began tracing the dappled light falling onto the fabric with cyanotype solution.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach on linen fabric, paracord, landscape
Sunburnt Trapezoid
2017
bleach on linen fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 3 x 4 feet

Painted off a hiking trail near Wanakena, New York, during my residency at Otto's Abode

Even though the fabric is suspended in these locations for only a day or two during the painting process, I consider the installations complete works of art during these short windows of time. I make these process photographs to serve as memories of the artworks as they existed in the places of origin.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach on silk fabric, string, landscape
Now is Perpetually Forever (Violet Waterfall)
2017
bleach on silk fabric, string, landscape
approximately 6 x 8 feet

Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

Not pictured: the cliff leading down to the Hudson River, just behind and to the right of the camera.
In this painting, I explored and celebrated the quality of fluidity that water, light moving through space across time, and silk fabric flowing in the wind all have in common.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process cyanotype, bleach on silk fabric, thread, landscape
Ideal Growing Conditions
2017
cyanotype, bleach on silk fabric, thread, landscape
93 x 53 inches

Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

I extensively searched through guide books and the internet to identify what I assumed to be a tree in which I made this painting, only to find out that in ideal growing conditions, shrubs can grow to the size of trees.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach, sumi ink, cyanotype solution on silk fabric, rope, landscape
Sift No. 7 (Shoal Creek)
2017
bleach, sumi ink, cyanotype solution on silk fabric, rope, landscape
approximately 12 x 4.5 feet

Painted in my favorite park in Austin, Texas where this process began years ago.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process liquid photographic emulsion, linen fabric on stretcher bars, landscape
Hot Light, Long Light (Gold)
2016
liquid photographic emulsion, linen fabric on stretcher bars, landscape
24 x 18 inches

Painted off a hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York

I wanted to this painting to feel like the angle and warm color of the early fall light in New York State.
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach, cyanotype solution on silk fabric, paracord, landscape
Chaotic Pines
2017
bleach, cyanotype solution on silk fabric, paracord, landscape
approximately 55 x 46 inches

Painted in Wanakena, New York during my residency at Otto's Abode
Katie M. Westmoreland Process bleach on silk fabric, thread, landscape
Colette's Pomegranate Tree
2017
bleach on silk fabric, thread, landscape
60 x 55 inches

Photograph by Colette Clendaniel

Painted in Austin, Texas with the light from a street lamp.